Turkey’s black sea region produces up to 70% of the global hazelnut harvest. In Turkey, there have been issues such as child labor on hazelnut farms and poor working conditions of migrant workers. In order to improve conditions and to avoid these risks, Lindt & Sprüngli works closely with local partners to improve the farming practices of the Turkish hazelnut farmers.

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Lindt & Sprüngli is aware of the challenging labor situation and living conditions of migrant workers during the hazelnut harvest season in Turkey. Since 2014, Lindt & Sprüngli works with key hazelnut suppliers that have implemented sustainable hazelnut programs in Turkey. Comparable to the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program framework, our suppliers established traceability first, trained farmers, supported them with specific measures for improvement, and monitored progress internally. In addition, farm visits by independent assessors verified that the knowledge gained in trainings was implemented and the required standards are met.

Lindt & Sprüngli will continue to work closely with the Turkish hazelnut suppliers and help them expand and improve their programs. While the positive impact is already being perceived, we are aware that there is still a lot to do to resolve the grievances completely.